If millions of Americans getting sick from unsafe foods isn’t motivation
enough for the Senate to pass food safety legislation, maybe money
would be a stronger incentive.
A study released in March estimated the economic impact of food-borne
illness. The results were more dizzying than some of the stomach bugs
unsafe food causes. Conducted by the Produce Safety Project, an
initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts, the study puts the impact of
food-borne illness to the state of Iowa at $1.5 billion annually.
Wisconsin’s impact is double that: $2.9 billion. You have to more than
double Wisconsin’s number to get close to Illinois’ impact at $6.5
billion per year. Across these United States, it adds up to a whopping
$152 billion annually from illness, such as E. coli and salmonella. More at: www.thonline.com